Valentia Island Slate Grotto

That was a tough one as the lightconditions were very harsh - this is a handmerge of different exposures in order to create a natural looking see experience (as we are used to ( ; )
The shape of the entrance caught my interest to take this image.
Colour version here

Some Info about the Slate Quarry on Valentia
More info here

Valentia Slate Ltd. manufacture high quality Irish slate products from our slate quarry in Valentia Island, County Kerry off the South-West coast of Ireland. Valentia Slate Ltd. are also agents for and suppliers of all types of Indian Sandstone.

Our wide range of slate products are suitable for home, garden, building, farm and a variety of architectural uses. Our slate products include kitchen counters, bar counters, reception counters, flooring slabs, fire-surrounds, hearthstones, mantelpieces, wall capping, crazy paving, roofing slates, building stone, garden furniture, grave stones, window-sills, lintels, ornaments, plaques, name plates, stairs, steps etc.

Valentia slate is in great demand in modern architectural works and has been used in the following locations.

EU Food and Veterinary Headquarters, Co. Meath,
National Heritage Restoration Buildings,
National State Laboratories, Co. Kildare,
The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry,
Radio Kerry, Tralee, Co. Kerry,
Fexco Offices, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry

The Valentia Slate Quarry was originally opened in 1816 by the Knight of Kerry and was run by various companies until 1911 when a rockfall at the mouth closed the mine. At its peak Valentia Slate Quarry employed over 400 people in the 1860's. It's slate products included roofing slates, flooring slabs, fire-surrounds, snooker tables, sills, lintels, water troughs, wash stands, steps, etc. Valentia Slate became world famous and was used extensively throughout the world... in The Houses of Parliment at Westminster, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as 21 miles of shelving in the Public Records Office in London. It was also used in the Paris Opera House and many of the main underground railway stations in London including Waterloo, Charing Cross, Black Friars etc., and as railway sleepers in San Salvador Railway in South America.

The Quarry was re-opened by a newly formed company in 1998 called Valentia Slate Ltd. Three local business people own and are directors of Valentia Slate Ltd. The slate is extracted by means of a modern Chain Saw. The blocks are then sawn into slabs using wire-saw technology. It is then honed and sawn into finished slabs using smaller saws.

When visiting Valentia Island or the South Kerry area call to our slate quarry located three kilometres North of Knightstown beside the Valentia Grotto. We stock products at and sell products directly from the slate quarry.

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